Pomeroy girls can't hold on to early lead

Garfield-Palouse overcomes a seven-point first-quarter deficit to hand the Pirates a 37-32 district 1B tournament loss and end their season.

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ENDICOTT - Garfield-Palouse rallied from a seven-point deficit after one quarter and defeated Pomeroy 37-32 here Tuesday afternoon in a girls loser-out basketball game at the Southeast 1B District Tournament.

The victory moves the Vikings, 10-10, into another loser-out game here Friday afternoon at 1:30 when they meet St. John-Endicott. The Eagles, 12-9, defeated Rosalia 37-34 Tuesday to keep their season going.

Pomeroy wrapped up an injury-filled campaign with a 7-15 season record while Rosalia finished 13-10.

Tekoa-Oakesdale and Colton collide here Friday afternoon at 4:30 for the district championship and the No. 1 seed to the Class 1B state tournament. The loser gets a second shot at state here Saturday at 4:30 p.m. when it meets the winner of Friday's Gar-Pal-St. John-Endicott game.

The Pirates built a 13-6 lead after one quarter Tuesday, but the Vikings responded by outscoring Pomeroy 13-4 in the second period and led 19-17 at the intermission. The contest was tied late in the fourth period, according to Pirates coach Nettie Severs, but Gar-Pal was able to regain the lead and sink free throws in the final seconds to preserve the victory.

"The first quarter was probably the best ball movement we have had all season," Severs said of her team's early success. "The girls were moving and moving the ball and doing a good job ... and then we just didn't do it any more.

"But we played them tough. It was close the whole game."

It was also the third meeting of the season between the two teams. Pomeroy lost at Gar-Pal 42-38 and won on its home floor 43-41.

Kaycie Adair scored 13 points to lead the Vikings while Torri Koller finished with 12 points and McKenzie Monahan added 11 for the Pirates.

Also for Gar-Pal, Chandler Pfaff pulled down 11 rebounds, Terrie Taylor corralled 10 and Taylor Redman finished with nine rebounds and three steals. Savannah Ruark led Pomeroy with nine rebounds and Koller had four steals and four blocks to go with her 12-point game.

Severs used just six players in the game and one of them, McKenzie Uto, fouled out.

"That's the way it has been for us the whole season," Severs said. "We have been through a whole gamut of injuries and sickness. It's been one of those years where as soon as someone gets healthy, someone else goes down.

"But it's been a great opportunity for our younger kids to grow up. They had to learn to do it or lose it. And they really grew a lot this year, which will benefit us next year."

Seniors Delaney Monahan and Sam Smith played their final games for the Pirates Tuesday. A third senior, HayLee Koller, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the sixth game of the season.

Garfield-Palouse 37, Pomeroy 32

GARFIELD-PALOUSE (37) - Rodriguez 1 0-0 2, Pfaff 2 2-2 6, Martin 0 0-0 0, Adair 5 2-4 13, Redman 3 0-0 8, Hamilton 0 0-0 0, S. Johnson 0 0-0 0, Taylor 4 0-0 8, M. Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 4-6 37.

POMEROY (32) - Uto 1 0-0 3, D. Monahan 1 0-0 2, Smith 1 1-2 4, Koller 4 0-0 12, Ruark 0 0-0 0, M. Monahan 4 3-6 11. Totals 11 4-8 37.

Garfield-Palouse 6 13 9 9 - 37

Pomeroy 13 4 8 7 - 32

3-point goals - Gar-Pal (Redman 2, Adair), Pomeroy (Koller 4, McKenzie, Smith). Total fouls - Pomeroy 14, Gar-Pal 12. Fouled out - Pomeroy (Uto). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Gar-Pal 31 (Taylor 9), Pomeroy 24 (Ruark 8). Turnovers - Pomeroy 19, Gar-Pal 12.

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